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2014 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Syrah, Santa Barbara County

Syrah often exudes a smoky quality, and this one seems to billow the smoke, hiding any trace of fruit on the nose. With a whole lot of swirling, a tart cherry note emerges, gradually followed by hints of plum, Dr. Pepper and dark berries. This is a... Read more

2015 Pedroncelli Dry Rosé of Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Transparent in the glass, with a light neon coral tint. First and foremost – this… is… not… white… zinfandel! Those expecting several percent of residual sugar will be sadly disappointed (the .4% sugar present is not noticeable on the... Read more

2013 Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir, North Coast

Quite smoky in the nose, this medium-bodied, sleek wine shows hints of cinnamon and red fruits. Not a sipping wine; needs food for maximum enjoyment. MSRP: $14 (July 2015) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2011 Gabbiano Chianti Classico DOCG

This isn’t your Pappy’s Chianti, and that’s a good thing. Medium bodied (as opposed to the lighter profile of old), this wine is made in a distinctly New World style, with less acid and riper fruit. Translucent light ruby in color, the 2011... Read more

2010 Tin Roof Merlot, California

Translucent light ruby color. Spicy scents of cinnamon, menthol, and roasted coffee lead to moderate red plum and berry fruit. A medium-bodied red, with little tannic bite, the moderate red fruits and spice carry through to the finish. This is an... Read more

NV Camelot Merlot, California

Nearly transparent neon ruby color. Sweet aromas of dusty cherry and milk chocolate play off of darker berry fruits and a bright note of herbs. The wine has a light palate presence, with moderate tannins. An easy-drinking red at a great everyday... Read more

NV Camelot Chardonnay, California

Straw color. Surprisingly fresh aromas of peach and citrus, with a dollop of cream. Smooth and creamy in the mouth, with enough juicy acidity to balance the sweetness. All in all, a clean, pleasing white at a bargain price. MSRP: $7 (January... Read more

2009 Chateau Grand Verdus ‘Generation’ Bordeaux Superieur Rouge, France

The nose of this nearly translucent garnet, medium-bodied wine is very minty. In the mouth, it picks up some red fruit notes, framed by medium-grained chocolaty tannins that cut short the finish. MSRP: $12 (December 2012) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2010 Bonterra Zinfandel, Mendocino County

Nearly transparent garnet color. Aromas of black pepper, raspberry and plum lead to sweet red fruit on the palate, where fine but drying tannins shorten the finish. Try with smoked tri-tip. MSRP: $15.99 (October 2012) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2010 Save Me, San Francisco Wine Company ‘California 37’ Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Translucent ruby color. Sweet aromas of tobacco, cedar, dill weed, cherry and vanilla lead to rounded, herb-tinged cherry and currant fruit in the mouth. The wine is medium in body, with silty tannins at the finish. Serve with sharp cheeses and... Read more